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Worker killed in Burma bus blast

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One man was killed and another injured when a bomb exploded on a bus in military-ruled Burma, state media said.

The blast happened on Monday as the bus travelled from Kyaukkyi to the commercial capital, Rangoon, The New Light of Myanmar newspaper said.

It blamed the blast on "insurgents" seeking to harm national stability.

Kyaukkyi is in Karen state, where an ethnic rebel militia seeking greater regional autonomy are fighting government troops.

In January a bus conductor died in a blast on a bus travelling the same route from Kyaukkyi to Rangoon - one of four bomb attacks in Burma at the beginning of the year.

Earlier this month, a small bomb exploded at Rangoon offices of the pro-junta Union Solidarity and Development Association, damaging the building.

This blast comes ahead of Martyrs' Day on 19 July, which marks the assassination of Gen Aung San, who fought for Burmese independence from the UK - and was also the father of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.



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